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Nintendo Switch Online Prices Online Multiplayer

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During this week’s Nintendo Direct, Nintendo revealed details for the Nintendo Switch Online service, which launches next week on September 18.

Up until now online multiplayer has been in a free trial period. But that’s about to change with the launch of Nintendo Switch Online. A subscription costs $3.99 per month, $7.99 for 3 months, or $19.99 for the year, making it far cheaper than Sony’s and Microsoft’s equivalent online subscription services.

A Family Membership for up to eight accounts is also available for $34.99 per year.

Subscribers to Nintendo Switch Online are provided the following five features:

Online gameplay. The most obvious reason to subscribe is the ability to play games online. Many of Nintendo’s marquee games are built with multiplayer in mind, including Splatoon, Mario Kart, and the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

NES games on Switch. Subscribers get access to a library of classic NES games they can play on the Switch. At launch there will be 20 games available, including Super Mario Bros., Double Dragon, and The Legend of Zleda, with more added regularly. Online play will also be available for multiplayer games.

Cloud Saves. Switch users have been clamoring for a way to backup save data to the cloud. Unfortunately you’ll have to be a subscriber to access this feature.

Smartphone App. The app, like online play, has been free up to this point. When the Nintendo Switch Online service launches, you’ll need to be a subscriber to access its voice chat features.

Special Offers. The two examples at launch are NES-style Switch controllers (available to purchase only for subscribers), and download codes for exclusive gear for Splatoon 2 (only for 12-month members).

Nintendo Switch Online launches September 18.

Play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at College Football Games

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Nintendo has announced a partnership with Wendy’s College Tailgate Tour to bring playable gameplay stations of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to college campuses around the country.

“Many of our biggest fans are now in college and have memories growing up playing one of the games in the Super Smash Bros. series,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We want to bring Super Smash Bros. Ultimate directly to longtime and first-time players, and what better way than to combine two of college students’ favorite pastimes: video games and football.”

Nintendo will utilize a custom Super Smash Bros. Ultimate branded trailer at select college football games this season. The trailer will include six gameplay stations in dedicated tailgate areas right outside of the stadiums. A large LED screen will be available for onlookers to view of the action.

The setup is designed as “highly visual” to encourage pics and sharing on social media. Impromptu tournaments will be hosted throughout the tailgate. Winners can even win Smash Bros. branded promotional items. Like any tailgate, admission will be free.

The Wendy’s College Tailgate Tour kicks off on September 22 at the Stanford @ Oregon game. See the full schedule below to find where the Smash Bros. trailer will be each week.

  • Sept. 22 – Stanford @ Oregon
  • Oct. 6 – Alabama @ Arkansas
  • Oct. 13 – Wisconsin @ Michigan
  • Oct. 20 – Oklahoma @ TCU
  • Oct. 27 – Clemson @ FSU
  • Nov. 3 – South Carolina @ Ole Miss
  • Nov. 10 – TCU @ West Virginia
  • Nov. 17 – Miami @ Virginia Tech
  • Nov. 24 – Michigan @ Ohio State
  • Jan. 1, 2019 – Teams and location to be determined

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features over 70 fighters, 100 stages, and 900 music tracks, making it the largest in franchise history. Newly announced fighters include Ridley, King K. Rool, and Simon Belmont.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will arrive exclusively on Nintendo Switch on December 7.

Nintendo’s Full PAX West 2018 Lineup

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Nintendo has announced all the games they’re bringing and events they’re hosting at PAX West 2018. PAX West takes place this weekend, Aug. 31 – Sep. 3.

“Many of our biggest fans descend on Seattle every year to celebrate video games at PAX West,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior VP of Marketing. “It’s the perfect venue for us to interact directly with our fans with fun activities and engaging hands-on demos with some our upcoming games.”

Here is the full list of Switch games that will be playable at Nintendo’s booth on the show floor (#1939, South Hall).

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Super Mario Party
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
  • SNK Heroines

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the marquee game and one of the most anticipated games of the year. A giant mural at the Nintendo Booth will feature all the announced fighters, and Nintendo is encouraging fans and cosplayers to take pictures in front of it.

On Friday (Aug. 31), fans will get a chance to meet Kit and Krysta from the Nintendo Minute online show. During the event, fans will get to play Super Mario Party with the hosts and be part of an upcoming episode for the first 30 attendees. Details about the time and location of the event will be announced this week.

On Friday and Saturday (Sep. 1), Nintendo is hosting a Trainer Battle scavenger hunt around the convention and surrounding Seattle area. The Nintendo twitter account will tweet clues and photos of locations. There you will find two Nintendo street team members dressed as Pokémon Trainers. You’ll be able to “battle” them by answering a trivia question and receive a special item.

Also on Saturday, the Pkachu and Eevee official costumed characters will make an appearance at the Sheraton Seattle hotel.

Ahead of the convention, Nintendo will release a new Nindies Showcase tomorrow, Aug. 28, that will announce multiple new indie games coming to Switch.

PAX West 2018 takes place Aug. 31 – Sep. 3 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA.